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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has been charged by the English FA for his comments about referee Anthony Taylor following Chelsea’s 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur.

Tuchel accused Taylor and the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) Mike Dean of making wrong decisions which ultimately helped Spurs come away from Stamford Bridge with a point as tempers flared and both he and his counterpart Antonio Conte saw red.

Later, Dean admitted that he made a mistake in not asking Taylor to look at an incident where Spurs’ Cristian Romero had pulled Chelsea defender Marc Cucurella’s hair, a decision that left Tuchel fuming.

A statement released by the English FA reads:

Thomas Tuchel has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to comments that he made after Chelsea FC’s Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur FC on Sunday 14 August 2022.

It is alleged that the manager’s comments in his post-match press conference constitute improper conduct as contrary to FA Rule E3.1 they imply bias and/or question the integrity of the match referee, and/or bring the game into disrepute.

Thomas Tuchel has until Thursday, 25 August 2022, to provide a response to this charge.

The charge is the second Tuchel has received in the aftermath of Chelsea’s bad-tempered draw with Spurs.

The German was hit with a £35,000 fine and a – currently suspended – one-game touchline ban after his spat with Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte after the full-time whistle.

By Amara

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